Benji's fave toy

Benji (our whippet/jack/lab mix) has been inseparable from his West Paw Design Eco Bone! We can't complain either- this awesome toy is made by one of our favorite dog companies West Paw Design :) The stuffing inside is made from recycled Intelliloft, which is recycled fibers made from plastic bottles! Ck out the chart below to see the process! Benji is an avid Chewer & most (90%) of all his toys are UNSTUFFED- b/c he likes to take out ALL the stuffing-LoL! Below he's showing off his pearly whites while playing w/ his Eco Bone.

IntelliLoft - recycled plastic bottles that are now cat and dog toys and beds

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Going Grrr-een w/ ur pup this Earth Day!

You may ask yourself..."How can I go Green w/ my pet?" Well we here to help! When thinking about "Going Green" people tend to think its either too expensive or time consuming, when in reality it REALLY isn't! You can help the environment in the most simplest ways!


1. Use Biodegradable Poop Bags:

When buried in landfills, ordinary plastic bags take decades to decompose. By choosing biodegradable bags to collect your dog’s waste, and depending on what landfill it ends up in, you reduce that time to mere months. (check back soon-For more choices on Bio-Poop Baggies!)

2. Feed Organic:

The lowest-impact diet for your pup is a homemade meal full of organic, locally grown ingredients. By using meats, grains and vegetables farmed in your community.

If you don’t want to cook your dog’s meals, you could supplement its kibble or canned diet with fresh fruits and vegetables. You can add organic vegetables, carrots and green beans,try fruits like blueberries and bananas, or organic yogurts. Mix in some steamed vegetables, organic chicken or salmon.”

If you feed your dog a commercially made diet, choose one that’s certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pet foods that bear the USDA Organic seal are grown on chemical-free farmland, manufactured in facilities that avoid synthetic chemicals in their processing, and are inspected regularly to ensure separation of organic and non-organic materials (such as chemical fertilizer).

Check out Bark4Green's Food Page:


3. Choose toys made from sustainable or recycled materials:

Toy makers are designing toys made with sustainable materials, such as hemp, bamboo and phthalate-free rubber. (Phthalates are chemicals added to plastic and rubber toys to make them flexible and pliable.) They’re stuffed with reclaimed cotton and colored with all-natural vegetable dyes. They’re safer for the dogs and they’re healthier for the environment!

Check out all of Bark4Green's Toys-they are ALL ECO-FRIENDLY & MADE IN THE USA!


4. Support “GREEN” Businesses:

When shopping for your dog or even yourself, patronize stores and purchase products from companies that do their part to reduce their carbon footprints. Ask the retailer if they recycle, how they conserve energy and find out if product makers use alternative power in their manufacturing processes or recycled cardboard in their packaging. If enough consumers demand it, the companies will deliver it -- and that can help our planet in the long run!


And Last but not least my favorite way (that is if you can)...

5. Adopt!!!

Do your part to reduce pet overpopulation: Consider adopting a rescue dog. Approximately six to eight million dogs need homes. These unwanted pets impact the environment by creating excess waste, which affects ground water and contributes to landfills, and requiring food and shelter, which requires energy-gulping manufacturing and electricity.


Check out Petfinder: or Contact your local Humane Society!

WWF Says We May Need A New Planet By 2030...

WWF Says We May Need A New Planet By 2030...

The WWF  (World Wildlife Federation) reported on Wednesday that carbon pollution and overusing Earth's natural resources will leave us needing another planet to meet our needs by 2030. gets worse...

According to the report, Earth's 6.8 billion humans were living 50 percent beyond the planet's threshold of sustainability in 2007.

"Even with modest UN projections for population growth, consumption and climate change, by 2030 humanity will need the capacity of two Earths to absorb CO2 waste and keep up with natural resource consumption," it warned.

The report, also said if everyone used resources at the same rate per capita as the U.S. or the United Arad Emirates, then four and a half planets would be needed.

Yes...they said FOUR PLANETS!!!

It said that 71 countries were running down their sources of freshwater at an unsustainable rate.

About two-thirds of these countries experience "moderate to severe" water stress.

Temperate zones may be starting from a lower baseline of species loss, which could explain the gradual improvement in recent decades.

The WWF said improvements in pollution control and waste management, better air and water quality, an increase in forest cover and greater conservation efforts may be making headway in temperate countries.

Let's try & make a difference! If one person did something GREEN EVERYDAY it would help the planet out drastically.

Click ON the images below to enlarge to read on easy ways to GO-GREEN TODAY!

1% For The Planet

27 September 2010

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1% For The Planet

Bark4Green is proud to be a 1% For The Planet member! We give 1% of all of our revenue to 1% For The Planet to help support our planet and environmental causes.

White Roofs, Helping the Environment?

Painting your roof white is a way to save energy and help the planet. It is a trend that is catching on because the white color lowers the temperature of the roof's surface which also makes it cooler inside a building thus requiring less energy to keep it cool. You can read more about this at